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Williams' residency no longer in question

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

The Pitt County Board ofElections determined district 4 candidate Terri Williams does, indeed live in Greenville.

A man filed a complaint tochallenge her residency status claiming she actually lived in Bathe and not District-4.

Bill Bivins filed thecomplaint after a bankruptcy document showed a Bathe address.

Williams countered theclaim with several records including her driver's license, phone bills and asworn affidavit from her attorney. William's father-in-law even testifiedbefore the board. Ultimately the board sided with Williams.

"We're excited that thisis over and that we can now move forward with a positive campaign. My team isready to go to work and keep Greenville going in the right direction." Williamssaid.

Bivins couldn't be reachedfor comment. It is unknown whether or not he will appeal the decision. 

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A Greenville voter is challenging a woman running for city council. William Bivins, a resident of district four and supporter of Rick Smiley is questioning the residency of Terri Williams. She and Smiley are both running for the district four seat in Greenville.

"Bankruptcy proceeding involving Mrs. Terri Williams required her to sign as a sworn statement and one of those documents stated that she resided in Bathe North Carolina."Bivins said.
In a protest filed with the board of elections, Bivins provides documentation of William's file for bankruptcy. Those documents dated January 27 2012 list her address as Bathe, but Williams says she moved to Greenville in 2010.

"My father in law and my husband have the same name; one is junior, the other senior. So when we made that filing, we thought it would be less confusing if we used that address."
On Friday, Williams sat down with 9 On Your Side to put the allegations to rest.

"I have lived in Greenville in my district longer than Mr. Bivins has lived in Greenville period." Williams said.

Following the complaint, Williams says she gathered billing statements, her voter registration and driver's license as proof. She also requested a hearing immediately since they usually take place after the election.

"The concern is not where I live, the concern is what's going to happen to Greenville in the next 10 years and who do you want to sit in that seat and help make those important decisions."

Tuesday October 8th, the board of elections is holding a hearing to take up the matter. It is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the elections office conference room.

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